Sacha Baron Cohen on the loose in the Middle East

After lampooning America as “Borat,” it appears the world’s most notorious British comic may be setting his sights on the Middle East. His next film, featuring the character “Bruno,” a flamboyant German Austrian homosexual, is set for release in May 2009. And, if this encounter with two über-serious advocates of Israeli-Palestinian peace is any indication, ...

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After lampooning America as "Borat," it appears the world's most notorious British comic may be setting his sights on the Middle East. His next film, featuring the character "Bruno," a flamboyant German Austrian homosexual, is set for release in May 2009. And, if this encounter with two über-serious advocates of Israeli-Palestinian peace is any indication, it's going to be hilarious:

After lampooning America as “Borat,” it appears the world’s most notorious British comic may be setting his sights on the Middle East. His next film, featuring the character “Bruno,” a flamboyant German Austrian homosexual, is set for release in May 2009. And, if this encounter with two über-serious advocates of Israeli-Palestinian peace is any indication, it’s going to be hilarious:

We exchanged astonished glances. “Hamas,” we explained, “is a Palestinian Islamist political movement. Hummus is a food.”

“Ya, but vy hummus? Yesterday I had to throw away my pita bread because it vas dripping hummus. Unt it’s too high in carbohydrates.”

The Hamas-hummus confusion went on for several minutes. Then, the interviewer declared: “Your conflict is not so bad. Jennifer-Angelina is worse.”

Patrick Fitzgerald is a researcher at Foreign Policy.

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